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If you tell people your ambitions, they usually laugh at you. When I told my girlfriends when I was 12 that I was going to Hollywood, they all laughed. And here I am!
~By Helen Reddy ~


My ambition is peace and perfection.
~By DeForest Kelley ~


You want the book to be special, and they are not always going to be special, but at least you want that to be the ambition. So the only way that happens is if you are not pressing to write a book.
~By Michael Lewis ~


Behold, I am become a reproach to thy holy name, by serving any ambition and the sins of others; which though I did by the persuasion of other men, yet my own conscience did cheek and upbraid me in it.
~By William Laud ~


I see my face in the mirror, and I said, No, my ambition is not to be an actor.
~By Dino De Laurentiis ~


The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
~By Alexander Pope ~


Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
~By A. C. Benson ~


Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
~By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~


To his doctrines I owe my great and glorious ambition for the sex to which I proudly belong and whose independence I shall defend until my dying day.
~By Rosa Bonheur ~


Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
~By Jonathan Swift ~


My job at Stanford is rather different from the ones I had held previously in that my own ambitions must take a back seat to the well-being of the students with whom I work.
~By Robert B. Laughlin ~


At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art.
~By Brian Eno ~


Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.
~By William Feather ~


Individual ambition is undoubtedly a strong motive in student work, but there is such a thing among students everywhere as ambition for others, call it class spirit, esprit de corps, good fellowship, or good will to men.
~By Herbert Baxter Adams ~


My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films: something with an Indian theme, either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme. I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of chances don't always come.
~By Ravi Shankar ~


The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
~By Carl Sagan ~


I had found myself a new mission - and once more my recurring dilemma between corporate commercial needs and personal scientific ambitions was solved unexpectedly.
~By James W. Black ~


Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions.
~By Sai Baba ~


All my ambition is, I own, to profit and to please unknown; like streams supplied from springs below, which scatter blessings as they go.
~By Charles Cotton ~


With just about every player in Australia, his whole goal and ambition is to play for Australia. That's why they're playing first class cricket. It's just a different attitude.
~By Shane Warne ~


But as a young kid, I never did, really have an ambition to be a farmer. I never thought, gee, I would like to farm, and I want to raise these crops. I didn't quite know what I wanted to do.
~By Sam Donaldson ~


My ambition is to go back to Spurs and Rangers in some capacity and give something back that they gave to me.
~By Graham Roberts ~


My ambition is to be happy.
~By Penelope Cruz ~


The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men. But the striving, which at present has become so insistent, cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace, or solving all disputes among nations.
~By Alva Myrdal ~


Money is not everything. My ambition was football itself, not the money I'd make from it. If that brings me and my family a more comfortable lifestyle, then that's fine. But I don't spend my time between games and training sessions thinking about figures.
~By Alessandro Del Piero ~


Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
~By Timothy Leary ~


I have the desire to work as an actress, but I have no ambition to be a star.
~By Ally Sheedy ~


All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.
~By Paul Auster ~


The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
~By William Hazlitt ~


My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions which I carried out during many conflicts, which very often occurred between brothers of the same country, are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations based on personal ambitions.
~By Omar Bongo ~


I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
~By Thomas Jefferson ~


Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
~By Thomas Jefferson ~


In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
~By Christian Nestell Bovee ~


Ambition - it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
~By James M. Barrie ~


I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began writing fiction full-time.
~By Peter Straub ~


The left and the right live in parallel universes. The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the Internet and they just reinforce one another. They have no sense of reality. I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet.
~By Barney Frank ~


Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
~By Pat Riley ~


Ambition never comes to an end.
~By Kenneth Kaunda ~


Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
~By Robert Browning ~


The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
~By James F. Cooper ~


Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls.
~By Taylor Caldwell ~


Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.
~By John Webster ~


Mel is nuts. He puts on a suit and a tie and acts like a normal person so people think he's okay. He's definitely out in left field. He's got the ambition of a boy.
~By Dom DeLuise ~


All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition.
~By Cesare Pavese ~


The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
~By Robert Burton ~


I wanted to be an outstanding player, that was my ambition.
~By Imran Khan ~


I think we still believe that ambition is for boys.
~By Jeanette Winterson ~


Ambition can creep as well as soar.
~By Edmund Burke ~


Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
~By Susan Sontag ~


Trusting in Christ, we may boldly join in the combat, and enlist ourselves among that disinterested band, who fight not for human ambition, or human praise, but for the honour of our Saviour, and the salvation of men.
~By John Strachan ~


Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


For those with ambition, reality is more of a creation than an unalterable certainty.
~By Lori Guinn ~


My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing.
~By Van Morrison ~


It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
~By Anthony Trollope ~


Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.
~By Bob Marley ~


I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way.
~By Joe DiMaggio ~


The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.
~By Peter Ustinov ~


Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
~By Noah Webster ~


The big biography of Lincoln necessarily had to do so much with his political career, his ambitions, his accomplishments in public, with less time to spend on his private life, his inner life, and I thought this might be a way of getting at that.
~By David Herbert Donald ~


Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
~By Oscar Wilde ~


I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.
~By Eden Phillpotts ~


Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.
~By James Cook ~


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
~By Helen Keller ~


A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.
~By Pearl Bailey ~


I really never had any ambitions to be a standup comic. I was talked into it by guys that I used to work out with.
~By Joe Rogan ~


That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
~By Lucius Annaeus Seneca ~


That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
~By Jock Sturges ~


It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime.
~By Lee Atwater ~


The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.
~By Willa Cather ~


To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions.
~By Kim Campbell ~


The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of "eternity"; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book - what everyone else does not say in a book.
~By Friedrich Nietzsche ~


Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
~By Ben Jonson ~


What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
~By Aldous Huxley ~


The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul.
~By Mason Cooley ~


I have no political ambitions for myself or my children.
~By Joseph P. Kennedy ~


Before we got married, I had tremendous ambition. Once we got married and I started having children, then I just thought that that was my real life. Steve was definitely more ambitious than I.
~By Eydie Gorme ~


Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
~By Adam Ant ~


A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
~By Marcus Aurelius ~


I didn't have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.
~By Jodie Foster ~


It's incredible considering the public perception that he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent, and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be.
~By Alan Hansen ~


In a couple, sometimes, one or both people have to give up their personal life, dreams and ambitions for the good of the family.
~By Monica Bellucci ~


I used to think I had ambition... but now I'm not so sure. It may have been only discontent. They're easily confused.
~By Rachel Field ~


To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.
~By Henry Drummond ~


Lincoln's stature and strength, his intelligence and ambition - in short, all the elements which gave him popularity among men in New Salem, rendered him equally attractive to the fair sex of that village.
~By John George Nicolay ~


My one ambition is to play a hero.
~By Sessue Hayakawa ~


Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
~By Niccolo Machiavelli ~


The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions.
~By Helmut Jahn ~


Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
~By Petrarch ~


One thing all stage mothers share is an overpowering ambition for their daughters.
~By Lawrence Welk ~


Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
~By Edward Dahlberg ~


My ambition was to stop waiting tables. That was how I measured success: finally, I was able to stop waiting tables, and I was able to pay the rent, and that was by being a stand-up comic. Not a very good stand-up comic, but good enough to make a living.
~By Graham Norton ~


Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.
~By Bryant H. McGill ~


Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.
~By Robert Jackson ~


Most minds think from A to B to G to O, or hold goals and ambitions to keep them going.
~By Lynette Fromme ~


The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people. They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence, ambition, and aggressiveness.
~By Daniel P. Moynihan ~


Big results require big ambitions.
~By Heraclitus ~


The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
~By James K. Polk ~


The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity.
~By Mitch Daniels ~

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